He described the six-member, Saudi-led Gulf Cooperation Council that includes his country and Qatar as being in a state of crisis as a result of the standoff, and he referred to Qatar as a "Trojan horse" within the once close-knit group of Arab monarchies that would be isolated for the long term if it does not capitulate. Several other states in the region have reduced diplomatic relations with the country.
- Halt the development of a Turkish military base in the country.
"Qatar announced its receipt of a paper, on June 22, containing demands from the seige countries and Egypt", read a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, published in the early hours of Saturday morning local time.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) A top United Arab Emirates official says the Arab countries isolating Qatar do not seek to force out the country's leadership but are willing to cut ties with it if it does not agree to their demands.
Qatari citizens were expelled from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE, and those countries also banned their own citizens from entering Qatar. The large kingdom and its allies have given the Gulf state just ten days to shut down Al-Jazeera and curb its ties with Iran.
Qatar has lashed out at the demands, the fulfillment of which was presented as a precondition for the resumption of diplomatic ties.
The Guardian also quotes the English-language managing director of Al-Jazeera, which is the most-watched network in the Arab world, insisting that efforts to shut down the operation were "nothing but an attempt to muzzle a voice of democracy in the region and suppress freedom of expression".
The oil-rich nation, according to the demands, must also shut down its diplomatic posts in Iran, kick out any members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard from the country, and only conduct trade and commerce with Iran that complies with U.S. sanctions.
The country has close ties with Qatar, and both states have been prominent supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, which is considered a terrorist organization in some nations within the Middle East. Qatar, which views the action as an illegal siege, has denied the charges.
The UN aviation agency will hold a special hearing next Friday on Qatar's request to reopen Gulf airspace that was closed to its flights by its neighbours, Qatar's transport minister said on Friday.
Iran, looking to capitalize on the situation, has already sent supplies to Qatar, as a sign of support and a gesture of goodwill.
"We can not just have demands such as 'The Qataris know what we want from them, they have to stop this or that, they have to be monitored by a foreign monitoring mechanism, ' " he said.
"Maybe the fate of Al Jazeera will depend on talks between the government of Qatar and its neighbours".
The document did not specify what the countries will do if Qatar refuses to comply. Compliance with the demands would be monitored, with monthly reports in the first year, then every three months the next year, then annually for 10 years.